Wow. I guess it took a really long time to sink in that Uncle Matt's really leaving. It really hit me kinda hard when I read about the Sacrament Meeting, and seeing the drastic change in appearance. I regret not talking to him more, and getting to know him better, especially now that we both have served Spanish speaking. What a powerful Sacrament Meeting, though. I would greatly appreciate reading both talks. I wish Brittany the best on her mission, and she and all her family will be in my prayers. Tell her to shoot me an email on her first P Day, if you'd be so kind.
Yeah, the past few days have been an adventure for me. It's like winter was making up for the lack of snow in the last couple months. There were snow drifts as high as my waist! We weren't allowed to drive on Saturday, due to the 50+ mph winds (that's blizzard status, fyi). The District Leaders braved the storm to spend the day with us, as they were bored. I felt kinda bad for Elder Choi- his glasses were full of snow on the inside! They said that instead of being cold, though, they were super hot and sweaty. We had a great day of making calls and playing games and talking about superheroes and comic books and Star Wars. Church was cancelled for Sunday.
The next day, after the storm let up, we spent the entire day shoveling snow. We started with our own house, ate lunch and took a small well-earned nap. Then we spent the rest of the day shoveling out a Chinese less active lady. She was super cool, and I got to use the little Chinese I know, and she was grateful enough to make us Chinese food to take home. Apparently we got the second best snowfall on record for Long Island- something like 30". After that, we changed and drove over to a dinner appointment with the Haz family. This is little Roberto's family. They're actually super cool. They have two boys around 8 and 7, Roberto, and a little girl around 3. The kids were a little shy at the beginning, but after the topics of Batman and Star Wars were broached, we became best friends. Seriously, Batman and Star Wars solve problems ;) Turns out Hermano Haz is a Star Wars and Batman fan, too. They fed us a Mexican dinner of rice, beans and beef with carrots and potatoes, all eaten with tortillas. For desert Hermano Haz made Lava cupcakes with ice cream, and they were delicious!
We also found an investigator who has some serious potential to be baptized. Her name is Jennifer, and we're super excited to start teaching her. It's a good, solid foundation from which we can build our pool.
Well, I guess that's the report from my end of things. Yes, I am alive, and I absolutely love the snow. It is one of the most magical substances on Earth, next to pixie dust and melted gumdrops. Sorry this email is so late. We didn't have much of a P day, because we were shoveling people's driveways.